Need a quick infusion of cash? Don't bother signing up to sell cheap knives door-to-door or be part of dodgy medical study. Instead, head up to North Miami and bid for a city contract. Because as one company learned, you can quite easily bankroll yourself through the North Miami City Council. Last w ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke makes his picks for Miami-Dade mayor and the county's black county commission seats.With the August 14 primary election approachi ... More >>
A prominent African-American builder just got a sweet bailout from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county commission. On March 20, commissioners quietly approved Gimenez's request to pay off $400,000 that Otis Pitts Jr. owes in property taxes on a complex he owns on NW 62nd Street at Seve ... More >>
Lawsuit claims landlord pocketed thousands while tenants died.
Residents at Opa-locka's Gardens Apartments -- perhaps the city's sketchiest property -- endured 5 murders, 656 assaults, 34 robberies, 25 shootings, and 80 stolen cars during one four-year stretch, according to police records. And the apartments remain the hottest spot in the city for cops, ... More >>
One has to wonder what was going through Sen. Mel Martinez's mind when President Bush's helicopter took off from Washington this past Tuesday. Before Bush chose Martinez to be his first HUD secretary, he was a little-known Florida fixture who had run an unsuccessful lieutenant governor campaign ... More >>
Ousted police chief leaves complaints in his wake.
In Opa-locka, gang warfare, drug dealing, and decay are a way of life
Killings and slum conditions are just the beginning
The Unbearable Lightness
Some current and former Miami-Dade cops say Carlos Alvarez should not be mayor
What do you do when some morons criticize you in a news report? If you're the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the top federal cop, the answer is easy: You blackball the news reporter
Well-traveled activist says Miami cops tormented her
Miami's disastrous plan to revitalize a residential neighborhood continues to inflict damage
Overtown's Louise and Jeanette hold steady, but Little Haiti's Naomi is barely holding on
One year after Miami announced it would attempt to cure its own poverty, the patient remains in intensive care
If a man is known by the company he keeps, then FBI boss Hector Pesquera has a problem
The politics of AIDS funding in black Miami
A list to nominate members for Miami's new Civilian Investigative Panel comes together in typical Magic City fashion
As the university grows and grows, it has hit some of its neighbors
Did Demetrio Perez, Jr.'s Libre really produce this book?
From the issue of May 31, 2001
Ed Hanna has been the driving force in promoting the development of West Perrine. He's done well for himself. Too bad West Perrine can't say the same thing.
From the issue of March 15, 2001
After years of making a living off rich people's money, Martin Siskind is now portraying himself as a savior to Miami's poor
A .22-Caliber Mayor with .357-Magnum Ambitions
Raised in a family devastated by drugs and neglect, Porsche Williams became a mother at age twelve, and a murder victim at fifteen
Times are tough for grocer Lawrence Moore and his Overtown neighbors. Will the county help out? No way.
Battling cancer, veteran pol Dante Fascell talks of war, Cuba, and a lifetime of putting Miami on the map
After four years and $2.5 million, Sugar Hill's housing for AIDS patients still isn't finished
Nearly four years ago a couple of intrepid entrepreneurs opened Zanjabil in hopes of inspiring their neighbors in the black Grove. They're still hoping.
Miami's infamous ex-city manager hired more than 100 staffers entirely at his own discretion. Guess who's paying them.
What litigant is willing to take Madonna, the CIA, and Governor Chiles to court? It's Alfredo F. de Castro, Miami's one-man suit factory.
Hounded by budget crises, unflattering audits, and general gripes about management, the Economic Opportunity Family Health Center circles the wagons
Flush with valuable Lincoln Road real estate and saddled with major debts, the South Florida Art Center ponders its options, its future, and its purpose
One of Dade's most controversial advocates for the homeless finds herself jobless
Hialeah residents Omar and Carmen Corzo sue Councilwoman Carmen Caldwell (among others) for violating their civil rights
Everyone expected Charles Howze's Z Mart to be a model for minority-run businesses in Dade. In a sad way it was: It went bankrupt.
After years of doing nothing Dade County now plans to put 500 homeless people under one roof. It won't be in your neighborhood, of course.
Last spring, when Dade County united with a local charity to help the hurricane's homeless, the partnership sounded too good to be true. It was.
To those who lost mobile homes to Andrew, Miami's resident town-planning visionary offers an intriguing, low-cost alternative
Activists in Miami Beach's north shore neighborhoods say government-subsidized housing is crowding them out